Photos of Military Coffins
(Casualties From Iraq)
at Dover Air Force Base
>>> Since March 2003, a newly-enforced military regulation has forbidden taking or distributing images of caskets or body tubes containing the remains of soldiers who died overseas. [read more]
Immediately after hearing about this, I filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the following:
I specified Dover because they process the remains of most, if not all, US military personnel killed overseas. Not surpisingly, my request was completely rejected. Not taking 'no' for an answer, I appealed on several grounds, andto my amazementthe ruling was reversed. The Air Force then sent me a CD containing 361 photographs of flag-draped coffins and the services welcoming the deceased soldiers.
Score one for freedom of information and the public's right to know.
|Note to the media: I have high-resolution versions of all 361 photos. If you want to print or broadcast any of them, just let me know which one(s) and I'll send the high-rez version.|
|Technical notes: The Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Department of the Air Force, sent these photos (on CD-ROM) on 14 April 2004 in response to an unnumbered FOIA request from Russ Kick. The request was originally sent to Dover AFB and was denied in full. Upon appeal, all photos were released. Name tags and other personally-identifying information were removed from the photos by the Air Force.|
|posted 22 Apr 2004 | site & text copyright 2002-4 Russ Kick|